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Greg DuPree
Antara Sinha
January 09, 2018

Sometimes, easing what ails you is as simple as enjoying a home-cooked meal. We've chosen some of the best ingredients to boost immunity—and created a recipe that shows you just how easy it is to get these foods into your diet.

New Year. New Food. Healthy eating starts here with the Cooking Light Diet.

What to Eat to Boost Your Immunity

A 3½-ounce serving of beef provides 50% of your daily zinc needs; the mineral helps white blood cells grown and function—and white blood cells attack harmful foreign invaders in your body.

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Zinc isn't very accessible to your body, which is why garlic is key: It contains sulfur, which helps your body better absorb zinc from food.

Mushrooms are one of the only natural food sources that, when exposed to sunlight, make vitamin D, which is critical in your body's immune response. Vitamin D helps your body create substances that interfere with the functioning of harmful bacteria.

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Though not part of the soup recipe, it's a fitting accompaniment for this spicy soup and a warming drink for a cold winter night. Plus, an active ingredient in green tea has been shown to help support your T-cells, a type of white blood cell.

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Make It: Spicy Beef Noodle Soup

Slurp up all kinds of goodness in this brothy, meaty noodle bowl.

Greg DuPree